I had the chance to interview Geoff many times, and met him once — at a Stanley Thompson Society event a number of years ago. He was a gentleman, known for taking long walks on golf courses.
Cornish started working for Stanley Thompson as a student while the architect built Capilano in Vancouver. Thompson needed someone to help with the agronomy and Cornish assisted, going to work for Thompson afterwards. He’d later assist in creating Highlands Links before heading to World War II. When he came back he told me he went to Thompson’s office only to find the architect wasn’t using it any longer and it had been taken over by a man Cornish called “a pornographer.”
Much of what I know about Thompson’s process of design I learned from my conversations with Cornish. I spoke with him for a couple of hours on a number of occasions. They are always fascinating and insightful.
As a designer, he had a hand in a number of courses in Canada — including York Downs and Northumberland Links.
Cornish is in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame — as he should be.